Grilling is one of the many great American traditions. Whether it is a birthday party, cook out or a family barbeque, many people find it incomplete without the grill. When it comes to grills, you have a number of choices including charcoal grills, propone grills, natural gas grills and electric grills. Out of all these options, electric grills are the safest and easiest to use. They can be used for both indoor and outdoor cooking.
Electric grills come in a variety of styles and price points. If you have a tight budget, affordable electric grills would be the best option for you. Affordable or budget electric grills come with standard features, but cut back on the bells and whistles you find in premium electric grills. However, they are still great for grilling and can be used to grill delicious meat and bacon. Since there are a number of budget electric grills available in the market, it might be hard for you to choose the one that is right for you. So we’ve narrowed down your search by listing eight of the best budget electric grills. You can select any of these electric grills for your outdoor or indoor cooking needs.
1. Easy Street Electric Cart Grill
If you love making barbeques in your backyard, the Easy Street Electric Cart Grill would be the perfect option for you. Featuring a 200 sq. inch of cooking space and two wheels for convenient transportation, you can use it for both indoor and outdoor cooking with ease. The maximum heat is 1500 watts which is good enough to cook the thickest of chops.
Two foldable side tables and wooden leg shelf come with this electric grill allowing you to put your ingredients close to you. Thanks to the three-position heating elements of the grill, you can adjust it for rotisserie grilling, traditional grilling or medium cooking. The Easy Street Electric Cart Grill features a thermostatic control too allowing you to adjust the cooking temperature as you desire.
2. Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill
If you have a small budget, but want value for your money, the Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill could be the right option for you. It is one of best budget grills currently available on the market. Despite being priced very low, this electric grill can be used for grilling chicken, fish, steak, burgers and vegetable. However, you can only use it indoors so if you want a grill that you can take with you on your outdoor adventure, look elsewhere.
Although the Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill is small in size, it boasts outstanding features that you won’t find in many of other indoor grills at the same price point. Thermostat is available to keep a check on temperatures inside as it is designed keeping safety in mind. The Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill has a non-stick ceramic coating which allows you to grill your chicken and other food without adding any oil or butter. A drip tray located at the bottom of the grill collects all excessive oils, allowing you to easily clean the grill. The parts and components of the grill are also easy to clean since they are detachable.
3. Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill
The Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill has surprised us with its incredibly low price. It is hard to find any other electric grill that offers so much at such a low price. This indoor grill comes with a non-stick drip pan that can be removed for easy cleaning. The tempered glass top lid allows you to check your food while it is being cooking and flip it or remove it as required.
The cooking surface area of the grill is about 250 sq. inches which is large enough to accommodate food for a small group or family. The heating elements are evenly embedded to ensure that the food cooks evenly. The detachable, adjustable thermostat of the grill has five temperature levels so you have the option to set the temperature at certain levels.
4. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
If you want a grill that can be used for both outdoor and indoor cooking but won’t a put a dent in your wallet, we would recommend the George Foreman 15-Serving Electric Grill. As the name suggests, you can cook a meal for 15 people on the grill depending on the size of servings. This makes it a great option for large groups and families. A detachable stand – 2. 5 feet high – comes with a machine allowing you to keep the grill standing on its own or place it on a flat surface. There aren’t many features included in this machine, but we like the option of variable temperature control that lets you choose from five heat settings.
5. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, GR-4N
If you are looking for a multi-faceted grill that won’t break the bank, the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler might be the best option for you. This 5-in-1 unit works as a panini press, contact grill, full griddle, full grill and half griddle/half grill. This means that you can use this Griddler to cook anything from steaks, panini, hamburgers to pancakes and sausages. The surface of the unit is non-sticky, which allows for easy cleaning.
It features control knobs to adjust the temperature for the type of food you are cooking. The floating hinges on the cover allow you to adjust the thickness of your food.
6. Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Searing Grill
This is another budget electric grill that can be used for cooking vegetable and steaks, among other things. Since the grill is removable, you can easily clean the unit after a cooking session. The temperature inside can be controlled via a dial to achieve desired results. The maximum temperature range of the grill is 450°C.
The drip pan is also removable, which allows for easy washing. Everything about this grill is pretty basic and easy to understand. Indicator lights on the grill let you know when the grill is ready for you while the lid window allows you to see your food being cooked. At 108 sq. inches, the cooking surface is moderately large and will allow you to cook for eight people at a time. The Hamilton Beach 25361 reserves moisture and flavor, ensuring that your steak doesn’t lose its taste from drying.
7. George Foreman GRP4842MB Multi-Plate Evolve Grill
If you want a multifunctional 3-in-1 grill, we recommend you go with the George Foreman GRP4842MB Multi-Plate Evolve Grill. The 3-in-1 unit can be used as a waffle, panini and grill, giving you plenty of cooking options in just one appliance.
One of the most fascinating things about this small electric grill is that it can reach a temperature of 500°C in just 90 seconds. This feature is called the 500 Searing Burst and it is pretty amazing considering the small size of the appliance. The George Foreman GRP4842MB also boasts a digital control panel that displays the grill temperature and cooking temperature. This is another impressive addition to the grill. It is surprising to see such amazing features in a budget electric grill. In this price range, there aren’t many electric grills that can compete with the George Foreman Evolve Grill.
8. Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill
If you search for a grill on Google, there is a high chance that you will come across Weber’s grill. Weber sells the best range of grills and is renowned for the quality of their products. The 55020001 Q 2400 is another great grill from Weber that tells the story of the same elegant design and careful craft that the company is known for.
This grill is extremely portable and you can use it for both indoor and outdoor cooking. It is easy to assemble and offers 1560 watt heating element over a generous 280 sq. inch cooking area. The porcelain-enameled cooking grates of the grill are made of cast iron making them durable. Although this grill isn’t as affordable as some of the others on the list, it provides great value for money.
Our Final Thoughts
We have listed some of the best budget electric grills currently available in the market and discussed their features and capabilities. Now you don’t have to look elsewhere to find an electric grill that won’t break the bank. Use the information we have provided to make the all-important decision of selecting a budget electric grill. Take your time to consider the price, features and capabilities of each grill to pick the right one.